Sexual Abuse In Schools
As respected members of our communities, teachers, school counselors and even coaches are entrusted with significant authority and influence, particularly over teens and young children. Unfortunately, some of these individuals use their position as a way to manipulate children and sexually abuse them.
If you or your child has been the victim of sexual abuse in schools, it is vital to contact an attorney who is both compassionate and aggressive. The Dallas-Fort Worth area law firm of McElyea Law is committed to helping you and your family get through this difficult and frightening experience. Attorney Tom McElyea recognizes the emotional turmoil that victims of sexual abuse must endure, and he will use his 25 years of legal experience to help you seek justice.
Holding Teachers Accountable For Violating Our Trust
While teachers will most certainly face criminal charges for sexually abusing students, such as statutory rape charges, victims can seek further justice by filing a sexual abuse claim against the teacher and possibly the school.
Schools in Texas have a responsibility to provide a safe learning environment for its students. In fact, teachers are required under Texas law to report all suspected sexual abuse to the appropriate authorities, especially if the abuse is being perpetrated by another teacher. If a school fails to meet its obligations, it may be liable.
However, similar to clergy abuse cases, sex abuse claims against schools can be complex and often difficult to litigate ― particularly if it is the child’s word against that of the teacher. These challenges merely bolster the need to contact an experienced attorney.
Contact McElyea Law
Bringing a sexual abuse claim against a teacher or a school is never easy, but often necessary in order for a victim to begin his or her healing process. If you would like to speak to a compassionate child sex abuse lawyer, contact McElyea Law today.
While our office is located in Southlake, we help clients throughout Tarrant County, including those living in Arlington, Colleyville and the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area. Reach out to us online or call us at 817-754-1570. In many cases, we offer FREE initial consultations.